Chico : California

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What it's Like to Retire in Chico

Chico, California represents a more affordable California retirement community for baby boomers who are looking for an active outdoor lifestyle. Located in the Sacramento River Valley, the city is the cultural, economic, and educational center of the northern Sacramento Valley. There are more than a dozen parks and greenways. Fishing, skiing, biking, and hiking are abundantly available in the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains. Live oak and ash trees provide shade in the hot summers. About 70,000 people live in Chico, which is in Butte County.

California State University, Chico makes this town especially popular with active adults 50+. The university not only provides a lively environment and youthful presence, but it also encourages retirees to attend classes and take part in the university’s cultural offerings.

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Where to Retire in Chico and Home Prices

There are many new developments on the edge of town where active adults would be happy. In some cases these have rental apartments or condominiums. There are several large new urbanist neighborhoods, either planned or under construction, including Doe Mill, Barber Yard, Meriam Park, and Westside Place. Within the town there are older neighborhoods where adults can live in a mixed generation environment. Mansion Park is the old high-end neighborhood.

Prices are relatively modest compared to much of California. According to City-Data the median selling price was about $275,000 in late 2014.  Zillow.com has the median selling price higher at $282,425 in mid-2015.

 

What is special about Chico

Bidwell Park is one of the largest parks in the U.S.; weekly farmers' markets; Sierra Nevada brewery; California State University, Chico; the Sierra Nevada mountains

 

What is not special about Chico

It is a drive to nearest big city. Hot in summer.

 

Who will like retirement in Chico

Chico attracts a community of who enjoy living in a small college town near the mountains.
 

Local economy is driven by

Education, medical services, brewing (Sierra Nevada), agriculture, and financial services are the principal drivers of the economy
 

Climate and Physical Environment

Chico is on flat ground which gives way to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada just outside of town. Summers are hot and dry; most rainfall comes in winter.
 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

California State University, Chico provides much of the cultural opportunities. There are many musical venues such as the North State Symphony, Several theatres, 4 museums, and numerous galleries. There are a number of public sculpture and mural art expositions provided by the City of Chico Public Art Portfolio.
 

Crime

Crime in Chico is just over the national average.

 

Medical facilities

The Enloe Medical Center is here, 3 other hospitals are within 30 miles.
 

Transportation

Chico Municipal Airport is the major airport, where United Express operates. Amtrak operates the Coast Starlight service. The B-Line (Butte Regional Transit) serves the Chico Urban area with eight routes. Chico is considered very bike-friendly.  
 

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Facts about CHICO
  • State: CA
  • Environment: College Town,Small-mid Sized City,Outdoor Oriented,Biking Community,
  • City Population: 50,001-100,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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